based on: Political Ecology

© Şermin Güven_2022
[River vein are traced in blue. Satellite image [open data source]: Copernicus Sentinel, processed by ESA]
WITH THIS project I aim to build networks and exchange communal knowledge on ecological topics during my PhD studies. Especially Topics Related to Water and society will be in the focus of this project.
Feel free for colloboration about ecological topics or projects about the
EUPHRATES + TIGRIS river basin.
In ORder to Understand the Impacts of climate change On Water,
Water Vulnerability and Drought in the Euphrates -Tigris Region.
Behind this Project:
Its me – Şermin. and my Networks.
I am a Cultural & Social Anthropologist with a focus on ENVIRONMENT, ECOLOGY, River, Water, CRISIS and POLITICs.

Together with my family I migrated from Turkey in the 90s to Germany – a time when the political repression against minorities was strong.
My family had gone through an internal migration. They Migrated From Kurdish populated AgÎri [near the mountain Ararat and the River Zilan] to The West Part of TuRkey. So being on the move is nothing new. where also my motivation And the cosmopolitan attitude comes from to be in motion and to network.
In My Childhood – learning collectively, creatively and sharing this with others became my everyday life.
Later in adulthood, actively sharing knowledge with women became a major part of My motivation. Networking against vulnerabilities continued to be my commitment.
Especially as a Kurdish Woman.
This digital NETWORK Project is about the transboundary rivers EUPHRATes + TIGRIS, about HUMANS and their relationship towards their ENVIRONMENT in this Region.
EUPHRATes + TIGRISare two rivers in the Near East that shaped and continues to shape space and policies across history and cultures.
The cross-border river basin of Euphrates and Tigris extends geographically from the Taurus Mountains in eastern Turkey to the Persian Gulf. The ancient area of Mesopotamia includes some of the oldest sites of human civilization. Even today it is still a key region of the Middle East ‒ threatened by war, environmental disasters, and profound crises in water supply. Most parts of Mesopotamia are semi-arid and arid regions that can’t rely on regular sufficient rainfalls and are dependent on transboundary rivers like Euphrates and Tigris.
As a consequence of climate change and growing population per capita water supply is diminished.
Water scarcity is a threat multiplier for armed conflict, displacement and poverty.
On this website I will bring the inhabitants and environment into focus through different methods to give a better understanding to this Topic.

As a PhD Student in Social and Cultural Anthropology – I will design this process interdisiplinarily on the one hand digitally and on the other hand through workshops and exhibitions.
Based on ethnographic methods I have made interviews and field notes about residents of these rivers. I will present these in different Creative forms through this digital project While I am Writting my PhD Thesis.
RELATED WATER I will Ask and Collect the Answer from the Communities – who are excluded from a particular discourse:


> What could the increasing demand for water do to society?
> Can the international law help communities?
> What do we mean by the term: „water crisis“?
> How should we best understand water crisis?
> Is a lack of water discriminatory?
> Do we humans have a right to water? Where does that come from?
> Water rights = women’s rights?
> What are water towers for?
> What do we mean by WASH?
> How does the water supply crisis come about?
> Who owns water? Is there ownership over water?